More than 150 people arrested in statewide crackdown

More than 150 people are facing illegal drug and alcohol charges after a statewide crackdown by North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Agents.

The operation took place overnight Friday into Saturday. Officials say the goal of the operation was to prevent violence and other criminal activity at places that sell alcohol.

ALE Agents teamed up with local police departments and sheriff's offices in dozens of cities across the state, including Ahoskie, Washington and Jacksonville to make these arrests.

"This is the first of many operations ALE is planning to deter violence at nightclubs, bars and restaurants across the state," said ALE Branch Head Terrance Merriweather. "The number of fatal shootings that have occurred at these locations is prompting ALE's extra enforcement activity."

In total authorities arrested 158 people on 297 charges during the overnight crackdown, ALE Officials said.